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Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867 TUESDAY, January 14, 2014
BY JUSTIN MINYARD The West Point Board of Selectmen will hold its regularly scheduled meeting 5:30 p.m. tonight upstairs — Justin Minyard/Daily Times Leader at City Hall. Among other things on Henson Construction Company construction workers toil with the beginnings of the agenda, the board is expected to a massive renovation effort on the McClure building Monday. approve a contract for the construction of new sidewalks for students that walk to school. West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the board would likely take action to award Calvert-Spradling Engineers (CSE) a contract, which would deem the company responsible for construction and inspection of a new set of sidewalks for students
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Collins set to speak at MLK banquet Friday
By DoNNa SummEraLL The West Point Alumni Chapter is once again sponsoring the Martin Luther King Black Tie Banquet, at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the UFCW Union Hall. The event will have area youth entertaining with the West Point Junior Alumni singing a song and a group of young people presenting a creative dance routine. The banquet is more than a tribute to King, it is a fundraiser for scholarships to help graduating seniors with college expenses. Last year’s event brought in $6,000 for scholarships. “The purpose of the banquet is for the community to come together,” said Bettye Swift, president of the West Point Alumni Chapter. “This event opens the door for the MLK activities that take place Monday. The banquet brings about resources to generate funds for scholarships. We want to do everything possible to encourage our youth to pursue higher education.” Dr. Loucrecia Watson-Collins, is the keynote speaker for the West Point Alumni MLK Dinner. The award-winning educator has a career which spans 30 years. During her tenure, she has been a teacher, elementary school principal, radio broadcaster, author and now serves as an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said Swift. Collins has been an agent of change since her arrival at UAB. She has been honored with the UAB Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and the UAB Mentoring Award. Collins developed the Study Abroad Program for the School of Education and has directed student learning experiences throughout Italy. She has presented research in Italy, France, Greece, Egypt and South Africa. Her extensive research includes multicultural education, conflict resolution and bullying. Swift said, as a faculty member, she works closely with doctoral students and has directed over 40 doctoral dissertations. Collins has the distinct honor of being the first African American female to earn tenure in the history of the School of Education. As a scholar, she was the
to walk on their way to and from school. The purpose of CSE’s inspection will serve to ensure everything is properly handled according to guidelines stipulated in the Safe Routes to School grant.
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Inclement weather brings Highway 45 wrecks
— Justin Minyard/Daily Times Leader
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At about 10 a.m. Monday, officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to Highway 45 North in front of Bank First in response to a possible motor collision. According to reports provided by the West Point Police Department, the driver of a 2008 Ford STX, above, “pulled out in front of” a 2002 Ford Taurus, inset, which was traveling north. The driver of the STX, per the report, was without injuries. On the other hand, the passenger of the Taurus suffered “minor leg injuries” and was taken to the North Mississippi Medical Center for treatment. Later in the day, at about 3:30 p.m., officers and emergency personnel were dispatched again to Hwy. 45 North, in front of No Way Jose in response to another collision involving a Pontiac sedan, at right, and an 18-wheeler. No further details on this accident were available as of press time Monday evening.
“As grant funding becomes available, hopefully it is something that we can continue to provide. And as these children ... outgrow (these helmets), I sort of hope that they’ll pass the helmets on to someone else in their family that’s going to be riding.”
WPPD helmet giveaway proves another success
BY JUSTIN MINYARD Although the number of helmets dished out at the West Point Police Department’s second bicycle helmet giveaway was less than the previous giveaway, the line still formed Saturday in front of the department building. In its second go-around, the helmet giveaway served as a strong tool WPPD used in the fight for more widespread bicycle safety. Out of the 130 helmets purchased with funds supplemented by the Safe Routes to School grant, about 50 were given away Saturday. WPPD Juvenile Officer/DARE Instructor Zate McGee said Saturday’s giveaway, although with less volume, was “really, really good.” The giveaway began at 9 a.m. in the WPPD lobby. McGee said with the cold weather Saturday morning it was more suitable to begin the giveaway inside, but when sunlight finally emerged, the giveaway relocated outside, where the traffic increased due to better visibility. “We’re just trying — because I know children got bicycles for Christmas — to make sure they get a new helmet to go along
Chief, West Point Police Department
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Loucrecia Watson-Collins, an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is the keynote speaker for the West Point Alumni Chapter Martin Luther King Black Tie Banquet. The banquet is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the UFCW Union Hall.
with their new bike,” McGee said. There were helmets, however, leftover. Patrol officers, similar to the last giveaway, also patrolled the city in order to further the cause by dishing out helmets to children spotted riding a bicycle without protective head gear. Even with that, though, there were still leftover helmets. McGee said individuals still interested in obtaining a bicycle helmet can make a trip to the WPPD headquarters and speak with her about receiving one. Although children can ride their bikes to the
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Laura L. Stevenson
Laura L. Stevenson, 31, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Laura was born May 15, 1982, in Starkville, the daughter of Mary Kathryn Clark and William Stevenson. She was a member of Hope Baptist Church. Funeral services are today, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Davis officiating and assisted by Bro. Eddie Brock. Burial will follow in Cairo Cemetery near Cedar Bluff. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include her daughter, Khloe Stevenson of Montpelier; her mother Kathy Clark Alexander of Montpelier; her father, William Stevenson of Pheba; her sister, Emily Ingram (Chad) of Bay Springs; maternal grandparents: Bennie and Glenda Clark of Montpelier; paternal grandmother: Mary Stevenson of Pheba; and her uncle: Kevin Clark of Montpelier. Laura was predeceased by paternal grandfather: William Hugh Stevenson. Pallbearers are Kevin Clark, David Renfroe, Bennie Borst, Bill Sims, Blane Graham, Andy White, and Mike Huffman. Memorials may be made to Cairo Cemetery Fund, c/o Judy Chrismond, 3836 Hwy 50 West, West Point, MS 39773. Visitation is Tuesday 1 - 2 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home. Friends may leave an online condolence at
Young logs 1 million miles safe
Al Young has done some traveling during his life. He has been recognized for driving 1million miles without an accident or incident, with Ashley Furniture of Ecru. Ashley Furniture awarded Young a plaque, a ring and a jacket to congratulate him for his accomplishment.Young is a native of West Point and has been an over-the-road truck driver for 35 years. He began his career as a driver for Bryan Foods, he was recognized while there for driving 1 million miles safely during his employment. He received a plaque, a ring and a jacket to commemorate the accomplishment in 2000, as well.
Martha Kathryn Kerr Childress
Martha Kathryn Kerr Childress age 72, of Ft. Myers, Fla went to be with God Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Kathryn was raised in Greenwood, spent most of her life in Jacksonville, Ala., where she was the director of the Jacksonville Public Library. Married to Dr. Ted Childress, professor of history at Jacksonville State University, she had one son, David. In her retirement, she and Ted moved to Fort Myers, Fla., to be near David, who was a middle school teacher and is the training officer for the international airport fire department. Always a lover of books, she published four novels while in Fort Myers. She is preceded in death by her father, L.J., her mother, Martha, and her brother Jimmy. She is CHILDRESS survived by Ted, David and his son Terry, her sister, Melissa Rumfelt, of Leesburg, Ga., her brother, David Kerr, of Flora; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Services are at West Point Memorial Gardens, in West Point, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at 10 a.m. The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be given to your local “Friends of the Library”. Online condolences may be made at
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Please call Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647, to register for free classes.
u Lodge Meeting — West Point Masonic Lodge No. 40, will have its regularly stated communication the third Monday of each month. All Master Masons are urged to attend.
u Civitan meetings — The West Point Civitan Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon in the Training Room of NMMC-West Point. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend. u West Point Alumni Chapter Meetings — The West Point Alumni Chapter Meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Northside School building on Fifth St. at noon. All members and interested persons are invited to attend. u City Board Meetings — The City Board of West Point holds its meetings the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Work Sessions are held every Thursday prior to the board meeting at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. u American Legion Meeting — American Legion Post 212 will meet every third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at their headquarters on Morrow St. All members are urged to attend. u AARP Meeting — The Clay County AARP will meet every third Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. at the Henry Clay Retirement Center. All members and those interested in AARP are urged to attend. For more information call Ella Seay 494-8323 or Dorothy Landon 494-3577. u Lodge Breakfast — West Point Masonic Lodge No. 40, sponsors a breakfast the first Saturday of each month from 5:30 – 8:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.
u Welding and Carpentry Classes — EMCC Workforce Services is offering Welding and Carpentry classes two nights a week from 5 – 9 p.m. Please contact Mitzi Thompson at 2432647.
u Grief Support Group — Christ United Methodist Church is providing support for grieving families with a Grief Support Group who will meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Billie Jean Guest
Billie Jean Guest of West Point passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo at the age of 64. She was born Jan. 15, 1949, to the late Bertha Adams and Bilbo Dill. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and worked at Kroger for many years. Funeral services are today, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Robinson Chapel with Dr. James Towery and Rev. Wayne Mathis officiating. Burial will follow at West Point Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers are Robby Guest, Butch Bean, Jerrod Finch, Justin Guest, Josh Guest and Gill Wilkerson. Honorary pallbearers are Kroger Employees, Dr. Ed Miller, CCU Unit - Tupelo, Barry Parker, Bubba Wilkerson, Patrick Winters, Steve Winters, Mark Winters, Larry Hyde and Bill Maharrey. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Guest of West Point; son, Jody Guest (Dessie) of West Point; daughters: Lynne Parker (Barry) and Holli Wilkerson (Bubba) both of West Point; sister, Grace Garner of Tampa, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and one great - grandchild. Friends may leave an online condolence at robinsonfh. net.
u GED Classes — EMCC West Point Center, if offering free GED classes at EMCC West Point Center, Monday thru Thursday, from 8 am – 1:30 p.m. These classes are sponsored by the Adult Basic Education department of East MS Community College. Please contact Cynthia McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 492-8857 for additional information.
u C2C Info — Need work skills to get a job? EMCC Workforce offers the Counseling 2 Career program to assist in gaining work experience. C2C classes are available for residents of Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee counties, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are 18-21, please contact Sha’Carla Petty at 662-243more informa1930 or Chrystal Newman at 662-243-1941 for tion.
u Animal shelter help — The West Point Clay County Animal shelter needs foster families for several puppies who have been selected to go on the next Homeward Bound rescue. You would need to keep the pup for two weeks, until the day of transport. If you are interested, please call the shelter at 524-4430.
u Ladies Auxiliary — The American Legion Post 212 Ladies Auxiliary meet the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
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u Basic Skills Class — Free Basic Skills class at the EMCC West Point Center, Hwy. 45 North, Monday thru Thursday each week, 11:30-1:30 p.m. The Basic Skills class will prepare you to take the WorkKeys test and receive a Career Readiness Certificate. WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. These classes are sponsored by EMCC Workforce Services.
u Proactive parenting workshop — The West Point School District, in conjunction with ICS Head Start, will host a proactive parenting workshop from 5-7 p.m. at the ICS Head Start Center in West Point. Topics of discussion will include Common Core math standards and free interactive math technology available on the Internet. Door prizes will be given away. For more information, call 492-5867.
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u Childbirth class — North Mississippi Medical Center will offer a prepared childbirth class for expectant parents from 6:308:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 6 in West Point. Instructors cover a wide variety of topics including relaxation techniques, prenatal care, labor and delivery, pain relief measures, breast-feeding and infant care. The fee is $35. To register or for more information, call 495-2292 or 1-800-843-3375.
u MLK Pre-Holiday Black Tie Banquet — The West Point Alumni Chapter will sponsor the annual MLK Black Tie Banquet at 6:30 p. m. at the UFCW Local Union Hall. The speaker for the event will be Dr. Loucrecia W. Collins, professor at the University of Alabama - Birmingham. For more information contact Bettye Swift at 494-2647 or any member of the West Point Alumni Chapter.
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BUsINEss Oxford adopts adult business law
Associated Press OXFORD — The city of Oxford has a new ordinance regulating adult businesses. The Oxford Eagle reports that the board of aldermen adopted the ordinance this past week. The ordinance that sets up two adult entertainment districts inside the city limits where clubs could operate. The city had an ordinance before 2004 that was less restrictive than the one the board passed. However, when the Land Development Code was revamped, it was inadvertently left out, leaving Oxford wide open for an adult business to come and open anywhere in the city. Legally, a city can't bar adult businesses from opening but it can regulate them and zone areas where they are limited to open. "There is not a perfect place," City Attorney Pope Mallette said. "There's no number of zones that are required, but the statute says there must be adequate space for the reasonable outlet for the expression." Mallette said should the city annex more land, the districts could be moved to an industrial zone which is typically where adult businesses are zoned to. "This ordinance is far more restrictive than we ever were," Mallette said. City Planner Tim Akers worked with other city officials to come up with two areas in the city that provide adequate space, but are areas which may not be the most attractive for possible adult business owners. This was done with the hope that the city meets state regulations, while also discouraging such businesses from coming to Oxford. The proposed ordinance also restricts signage, prohibits alcohol sales and requires windows to be opaque as well as other restrictions.
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A Hyundai Genesis banner is displayed Thursday outside the Cobo Center, home of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Sowerby, who crunches the numbers for the show organizer, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, estimates the event's economic impact at as much as $390 million to the Detroit area, which also includes some thriving suburbs and its Canadian neighbor across the river, Windsor, Ontario.
Detroit auto show ‘super’ boost for ailing city
BY JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — It's a 21st century paradox: Detroit enters 2014 in bankruptcy, the largest public case in U.S. history and facing $18 billion or more in debt. Yet the Motor City's resurgent auto industry is strong enough to host a show that by one estimate will generate nearly $400 million for the area's economy. The industrial city is looking to climb out from under decades of financial decline as its longtime industry revs ahead four years after two of its major players, General Motors and Chrysler, emerged from bankruptcies of their own. The comeback can be measured in the North American International Auto Show's economic impact, which is projected to increase 8 percent over last year's event, says David Sowerby, a portfolio manager and chief market analyst for Loomis Sayles & Co., who authored a study of the show's effect on the regional economy. Sowerby says several factors favor increased spending tied to this show. "Economic activity is strong, the industry itself is stronger, there's a modest increase in new models and if you talk to hotel or lodging industry, the number of conferences is growing as is business activity and travel." To be sure, business at area hotels for the show is strong: Downtown hotels reported Friday that occupancy is at 85 percent during the press days Monday and Tuesday and about 70 percent from Jan. 18 through Jan 26, when the show is open to the public. Local restaurants and bars should be packed with an estimated 5,000 journalists and 800,000 visitors expected at the show. Overall, the show provides a pick-me-up for the area, illustrated by amped-up coverage from local television stations and highway billboards welcoming visitors and industry types. All three Detroit automakers have made billions in the recovery following the Great Recession. Ford expects to post an $8.5 billion profit before taxes for 2013, while GM made $4.8 billion pretax through the first nine months. Chrysler, the smallest and leastprofitable of the three, made $1.4 billion pretax through September. All have rolled out strong new cars and trucks to catch the rise in auto sales from a low of 10.4 million in 2009 to 15.6 million last year. The automakers' show displays and parties were more Spartan affairs in the dark days of 2010. This year, exhibits in particular are as lavish as ever, with two-story buildings inside the Cobo Center. Sowerby, who crunches the numbers for the show organizer, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, estimates the event's economic impact at as much as $390 million to the Detroit area, which also includes some thriving suburbs and its Canadian neighbor across the river, Windsor, Ontario. By comparison, a study performed by an outside research firm for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2006 put the impact of that year's Super Bowl XL at about $275 million, including passalong, or spinoff spending by the merchants and others. Sowerby says it's clear why the auto show, which this year will have more than 500 vehicles on display and more than 50 new model introductions, has a greater economic impact. The Super Bowl represents about a week of events and "overhyped parties" leading up to and including the game itself, whereas the auto show
represents several weeks that includes construction of exhibits, press previews, the eightday public show itself and the teardown. Sowerby says it's difficult to tease out the specific benefits to the city of Detroit itself beyond the boost to its downtown elevated rail system and businesses, such as hotels, bars and restaurants, and the prestige of a marquee event at a city-owned convention facility. There's no local sales tax, nor does Detroit levy one on hotels or motels. Officials say the city doesn't bear additional costs for public safety, since show officials handle their own security. Likewise, Sowerby believes that the host city's major-league financial woes won't hamper the show. "I don't think that the bankruptcy factored into it," he says. "Is it going to deter somebody's desire to attend the auto this year? ... The extent that Detroit rises to the occasion (says) that bankruptcy doesn't mean 'closed to business.'"
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State Superintendent Carey Wright put it simply enough: the Mississippi Board of Education is moving forward with Common Core, and she doesn't see that changing anytime soon. Furthermore, Gov. Phil Bryant and legislative leaders all have said the state should move forward with the adoption of the education standards. They have acknowledged the concerns, reiterated that they would not stand for federal interference in state education curriculum and tried to assuage the fears of Common Core opponents. But it seems as if all the explanations and myth-debunking surrounding Common Core has done nothing to change the minds of those who continue to beat the drum for rejection of Common Core. On the first day of the legislative session, at the state fairgrounds and again at the state Capitol, a group opposed to the educational standards rallied in support of a bill a handful of state senators plan to file that would use
Alligator suit before state high court
BY JACK ELLIOTT JR. Associated Press JACKSON — State wildlife officials want the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a dispute between a Wilkinson County couple and ExxonMobil Corp. over an alleged alligator infestation. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the wildlife agency argues "because wild alligators are the property of the state, and not subject to private ownership, private landowners have no duty to prevent them from causing damage to the land of neighboring property owners." Tom and Cassandra Christmas disagree. They will present their case to the Supreme Court in oral arguments scheduled for Feb. 4 in Jackson. The case began after the Christmases bought 35 acres between Centreville and Woodville in December 2003. Next door to their property was a refinery waste disposal site owned and maintained by ExxonMobil — a site that's home to dozens of alligators. The Christmases say they didn't know what was across the fence until they cleared the property and moved there in 2007. The couple sued the oil company in August 2008, seeking damages for permanent depreciation of their land. A judge threw out the lawsuit in 2011. Exxon appealed a state Court of Appeals ruling in May that returned the case to Wilkinson County Circuit Court. The Christmases argue that jurors should determine whether the alligators are a nuisance. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says between 32,000 and 38,000 wild alligators live in Mississippi, with about 408,000 acres of habitat. In its brief, the department argues that the Legislature gave it domain over wild alligators and, contrary to what the Christmases say, wild alligators living in their natural habitat do not constitute a nuisance that should be abated. "Rather, the wild alligator is a protected species that needs to be managed and regulated by the department, not private landowners," the MDWFP said in court documents. The agency said allowing such broad private nuisance suits such as the Christmases' creates a separation-of-powers issue. "Private nuisance suits are incompatible with the department's exclusive authority to determine whether a wild alligator constitutes a nuisance and to take the appropriate action when it makes such a finding. Allowing such suits to proceed would result in a transfer the department's regulatory authority over 'nuisance' alligators to the courts, which lack the expertise to make these types of decisions," the agency said. A company had shipped refinery waste from Louisiana to the Wilkinson County disposal site beginning in 1980. The site stopped taking waste in the 1990s. Exxon bought the property in July 2001. Alligators were allegedly introduced to the site from Louisiana as early as 1984 as "canaries" to warn of hazardous contamination in the retention ponds. Exactly who put the reptiles there is a matter of dispute. ExxonMobil argues the Christmases' real estate agent told the couple about the alligators as far back as 2003. Exxon says the couple waited too long to file a lawsuit claiming the gators robbed them of enjoyment of their land, and the three-year statute of limitations has passed. Court records say state wildlife officials conducted an alligator census of the property in 2007 and counted about 84 alligators but officials said not all may have been counted. The Christmases said they had occasionally seen alligators after they bought the land, according to the court records. The couple said they first learned where the alligators were coming from in 2007, when Tom Christmas was allowed on the ExxonMobil property to search for a lost hunting dog.
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the force of state law to reject Common Core. It's logical for people to have questions and concerns about new programs, especially something as vast and paradigm-changing as Common Core. Furthermore, it's illogical to believe that such a program would have universal support from lawmakers or education advocates. However, the real trouble with the opposition to Common Core is that it seems politically driven by a small group of lawmakers who are using the issue in an attempt to leverage political strength. Where were these lawmakers when Common Core was first adopted by the state? Where were they two years ago? Last year? Common Core is not new to Mississippi. In fact, Wright says that nearly every district in the state has implemented Common Core standards in grades K-8, with many having adopted the standards fully in grades K-12. Testing begins with the 2014-15 academic year, when full implementation must be complete. Furthermore, some of the claims coming from Common Core opponents make little sense. Common Core is not a federally mandated curriculum that Mississippi must adopt. It is a set of educational standards by which every student will be graded, and Mississippi schools — district by district, not even from the state level — will set their own curriculum. That curriculum will be aligned in such a way as to educate students according to those standards, but that is no different than any other set of educational standards adopted by the state. Until Common Core, Mississippi — and every other state — aligned its curriculum to standards that would be judged by the set of state tests they chose. Common Core — which is far more rigorous than the current standards — aims at providing a more uniform standard of measuring educational achievement across the country. That's not a bad thing. In fact, it's beneficial to people
who move from state to state, whether for work, military assignments or personal reasons. It also gives Mississippi educators the opportunity to see exactly how our students measure up to other states in a far more specific manner. Perhaps the most important reason to move forward with Common Core is something Wright pointed out: Under the current set of standards, Mississippi ranks 48th or 49th in the country in educational obtainment. Why would we continue to do the same thing that has failed us in the past? Fear of the unknown is understandable. Sadly, so is political posturing. But the latter has no place in the conversation over Common Core. Mississippi classrooms are moving forward with Common Core. The best thing we can do now is all be active supporters of educators and children. If Common Core succeeds, then we're all the better for it.
— Clarion Ledger
1964 was year of great change
Last week’s editorial about the 1964 surgeon general’s report on smoking could have been one of many commentaries to mark the 50th anniversary of notable events. In 1964, the surgeon general said tobacco was addictive and a health hazard. The warning started the country on its way from a place where nearly half of all adults smoked cigarettes to today’s America, where less than one in five do. Smoking is now banned in many offices and other places. It has been a gigantic change of mind-set. The 1960s was one of the most transformative decades in American history. There was a presidential assassination, the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam that sharply split the country and, at the end, an amazing moon landing. A strong argument can be made that 1964 was the launching pad for the ways America has changed. Here are some of that year’s memorable events: • Civil rights would top any list in Mississippi. There were bombings at black churches, businesses and homes in various parts of the state as retaliation for voter registration efforts, as well as the murder of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County. These events compelled the FBI to station agents in?Mississippi, and they provided momentum in Congress to pass two landmark pieces of civil rights legislation — the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. • The War on Poverty, announced by President Lyndon Johnson. The president said in his State of the Union address in 1964 that the country needed to help the 19 percent of its citizens defined as impoverished. With his background as a skilled legislator, he made things happen. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was the centerpiece of the “war,” and the Food Stamp Act of 1964 created a benefit that thrives today. Legislation in 1965 created Medicaid for the poor and Medicare for the elderly. LBJ’s well-intentioned efforts unfortunately didn’t work as well as hoped. They alleviated some of the most abject conditions, but poverty is still with us. Furthermore, some of these social welfare programs have left many people chronically dependent on government assistance. Single-parent homes, unwed motherhood and other negative social trends make it more difficult for poor people to improve their standing. And the cost of entitlements — Medicare and Medicaid along with Social Security — is financially unsustainable in their present
“Rather, the wild alligator is a protected species that needs to be managed and regulated by the department, not private landowners.”
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
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Fey, Poehler golden as Globes hosts
BY FRAZIER MOORE Associated Press Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took the gold again. For a second year, these funny ladies were the most-est as co-hosts of NBC's Golden Globes party. Fey explained their return engagement by noting, "This is Hollywood, and if something kind of works they'll just keep doing it until everybody hates it." Not these returnees, who again presided with seeming effortless sass and hardly a joke off-target. During their shared opening routine, Fey's zinger about George Clooney and his penchant for dating younger women may have been the most riotously received wisecrack in recent awards-cast history. While Poehler and Fey set the perfect irreverent tone for the Globes and its party-hearty tradition, the three-hour live broadcast from Beverly Hills, Calif., was remarkably well-behaved. Emma Thompson played up the Globes' boozy reputation by arriving on stage barefoot to present the screenplay award in very non-Emmy, non-Oscar style, with her Christian Louboutin high heels in one hand, her martini in the other. "I just want you to know, this red," she declared, pointing to the shoes' trademark red soles before tossing them over her shoulder, "it's my blood." But her display was clearly all in fun. A few impolite words did erupt. Winning as best actress for her miniseries "Top of the Lake," Elisabeth Moss blurted out one of them. It was efficiently bleeped. But whoever was tending the button miscalculated big time with Jacqueline Bisset. Accepting her trophy as best supporting actress for the miniseries "Dancing on the Edge," the clearly surprised Bisset voiced a lengthy, rambling acceptance that triggered the get-off-the-stage music. Still talking undeterred, Bisset fired off a profanity that began with the words, "And the people who have given me ... " Oddly,TV viewers didn't hear that first part of her statement. It was bleeped. But what did get through TV sets loud and clear was the forbidden final word. Another minor glitch reared its head later on for co-presenters Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie. "I'm not gonna lie to you," Hill said, grinning into the camera. "Right now, they put up the wrong stuff on the TelePrompTer."
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—Associated Press
(From left) Andy Samberg, Michael Schur, Dan Goor and Terry Crews pose in the press room with the award for best television series — comedy or musical for “Brooklyn Nine - Nine” at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif.
‘American Hustle’ gets Oscar boost
BY JESSICA HERNDON Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Golden Globes are typically Hollywood's bawdiest awards show — "a wonderful mess," said co-host Tina Fey of this year's bash. But in the end, after all the boozy banter — some of it bleeped for broadcast — the 1970s corruption tale "American Hustle" got a very serious push toward Oscar glory, picking up three major awards. Benefiting the most from Sunday night's Globes as focus shifts to the Academy Awards, David O. Russell's con caper locked in best comedy, best actress (Amy Adams) and best supporting actress (Jennifer Lawrence). Not that early-season favorite "12 Years a Slave" isn't still in the running. Though it earned only one award, Steve McQueen's historical epic took home the night's top honor: best film drama. But "American Hustle" seems to have emerged from the 71st annual Golden Globes as the film to beat. Oscar doesn't usually care much for comedies, but "American Hustle" offers a rich blend of scandal, style and superb acting that is bound to get Academy voters' attention. The Globes have flipped awards season momentum before. Though Ben Affleck was denied an Oscar nomination last year for directing "Argo," he did win best director at the Globes and his film went on to win best picture at the Oscars. In 2009, Katherine Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" lost in the best film category to James Cameron's "Avatar" at the Globes. The defeat seemed to sway Oscar voters in Bigelow's favor and she snagged the best picture award. With the Oscar nominations coming Thursday, lost-in-space saga "Gravity," which earned Alfonso Cuaron the best director Globe, could pick up some additional pull with likely nominations in the craft categories, which the Globes don't recognize. There's also a lot of built-in affection for its leading lady, Sandra Bullock, not to mention the film's impressive worldwide box office performance. Hosting Sunday night's Globes for the second year in a row, Fey and Amy Poehler drew big laughs as they targeted such Alisters as Matt Damon, Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio. One of the evening's well-received jokes was delivered in the "SNL" alums' opening bit in a reference Fey made to "Gravity": "It's a story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age." Last year, the duo led a six-year ratings high with 19.7 million viewers. They'll return as hosts next year. Besides "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave," the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Globes, also
— Associated Press
Tina Fey (left) and Amy Poehler host the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif.
favored other fact-based films from America's past: the '80s-era AIDS drama "Dallas Buyers Club" and the high-finance extravaganza "The Wolf of Wall Street," which both won top awards. "Dallas Buyers Club" stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, who both lost noticeable weight for their roles — "or as actresses call it, 'being in a movie,'" joked Fey — won their first Globes for best dramatic actor and best supporting actor. DiCaprio, a nine-time nominee, picked up his second Globe for best comedy actor for his turn as a provocative stockbroker in Martin Scorsese's nearly three-hour "Wall Street." "I am thankful that Martin Scorsese is still this punk rock," said DiCaprio backstage. Famously absent from awards shows for years, Woody Allen received the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement honor, which was accepted by the director's "Annie Hall" star Diane Keaton. "Did you see Diane Keaton tonight?" best comedy actress winner Cate Blanchett asked reporters backstage. "She is my style icon, my acting icon — the works." Blanchett took home the award for her portrayal of a fallen socialite in Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Elegant in an Armani gown, Blanchett joked, "A lot of effort goes into this effortlessness. It's a wonderful mirage to be here tonight, but it's not entirely who I am."
Gregg Allman feted by fellow musicians at concert ‘The Bunker’ goes to print
BY RON HARRIS Associated Press ATLANTA — An all-star lineup of musicians feted Gregg Allman Friday night at a tribute concert heralding the southern rock luminary and the blues rock that influenced many artists to follow his band's early 1970s success. Traditionally, Allman's biggest fans have been in the audience, dancing and swaying to his southern rock ensemble's well known songs like "Melissa" and "Midnight Rider." But on this night those effusing about Allman the most were on stage in Atlanta, performing for him and beside him — including Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal and Vince Gill. Allman said he was humbled by the outpouring of appreciation from his colleagues. "I try not to think about it just directly. It's kind of like we all came to the gig together," Allman said backstage before the show. "It's pretty overwhelming but I've got the music to hang onto, to keep me on the ground. Otherwise they'd have to take me out of here on a string, like a balloon." Allman, who has come back strong from a liver transplant in recent years, said he feels years younger and fit enough to go on the road again. "I feel like a million. The Mayo Clinic people not only saved my life. I feel 30 years old, day and night," Allman said. Taj Mahal said agreeing to play the one-night special show was a quick decision because the Allman Brothers Band is part of the fabric of
following online acclaim
BY MATT MOORE Associated Press
Five people freshly graduated from college, and all on paths that will lead to apocalypse for the world. It's not what most would expect as they prepare for their own futures but, said writer Joshua Hale Fialkov, it's not every day five friends chance upon a mysterious bunker with warnings about a devastating future to come if ways are not changed and different roads taken. Such is the premise of "The Bunker" by Fialkov and artist Joe Infurnari, whose work on the book has seen its popularity grow so much that they are jumping the digital divide to offer it in print through Oni Press. Fialkov says the progression is natural given that there is a prestige to having a book sold in shops, but he says it's about bringing an intriguing story to a new audience, too. "We're doing it backwards," said Fialkov, though he was quick to add that first publish-
ing the book digitally through Comixology and through its own website helped garner fans and critical accolades, as well as interest from television. "It's a book that Joe and I decided we wanted to do, a book entirely outside of the system," Fialkov said, noting that it paralleled, in a sense, their own hopes in "knowing what your destiny is." With the success of the title digitally — five chapters are online at $1.99 apiece now — publishers expressed interest. Oni was picked because of its reputation for titles like the Scott Pilgrim books, "Whiteout" and "Queen and Country," Fialkov said. The 48-page first issue is set for release by Oni Press on Feb. 12, collecting all the previously-released digital chapters in full color and, in some cases, redrawn to fit the size of a standard comic book. "When I got back into comics, prior to making them, Oni books were the ones I was always drawn to," Fialkov said.
— Associated Press
Vince Gill performs at All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman on Friday in Atlanta, Ga. American music. "Anybody who listens to American music is going to have to hear them," Mahal said. "They just went with good music and stayed with good music." Vince Gill provided some of the best moments of the night, riveting the audience with some hot guitar licks and vocals on "Midnight Rider." Other country stars, including Martina McBride and Eric Church, also performed soulful version of the band's wellknown songs. The event signals a bit of a wind down for the Allman Brothers Band as two members, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, announced earlier this week they are leaving the band at the end of 2014. Haynes joined the group in 1989, and Trucks became a member in 1999. Trucks' uncle Butch Trucks was the drummer and one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers band. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Justin Bieber accused of egging neighbor’s home
Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Sheriff's deputies are investigating Justin Bieber for yet another dispute with a neighbor that could land him in court. Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says Bieber has been named as a suspect in a misdemeanor van-
dalism and assault crime report for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor's home in their gated Calabasas neighborhood Thursday evening. The 19-year-old pop star allegedly egged the house while his neighbor and neighbor's daughter were on the balcony. Whitmore says the two videotaped the incident.
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Josh, witnessed the killings but was not injured. Defense attorneys tried to convince a jury that Corrothers grew up in poverty and without a father figure, setting him on a bad path. Prosecutors told the jury Corrothers should be held responsible for his choices. In briefs filed with the Supreme Court, Corrothers' attorney, Alison Steiner, said the trial judge erred by allowing the jury to hear testimony from eyewitnesses but not permitting an expert for the defense to testify on eyewitness reliability. "The claim here is that the trial court erred in failing to also allow the jury to consider the expert psychological testimony of Dr. Jeffrey Neuschatz to assist it in evaluating the reliability of those identifications. The expert testimony would offer the jury information that it could bring to bear in making its independent assessment on the reliability of the identifications," Steiner said. Court records show Josh Clark picked Corrothers out of a photo lineup. Josh Clark and Tonya Clark identified Corrothers from the stand during trial, but records also show Tonya Clark was unable to pick Corrothers out of a pre-trial photo lineup. The attorney general's office, in a court brief, argued the judge properly ruled that Neuschatz's testimony was unreliable and irrelevant. The attorney general's office said the credibility of a witness is a fact to be determined by a jury. The Mississippi Psychological Association in a friend-of-the-court brief questioned the use of the photo lineup for Josh Clark, who suffered a brain injury in a 2009 accident. A qualified cognitive psychologist could have helped the jury in assessing use of the lineup, according to the brief. The association said judges, lawyers and jurors are largely unaware of factors that can affect the credibility of eyewitnesses. The attorney general's office said Corrothers offered nothing to show that the science of eyewitness identification analysis has been generally accepted by the courts. Prosecutors said Neuschatz has told the court he had
Death row inmate seeking new trial
BY JACK ELLIOTT JR. Associated Press JACKSON — Mississippi death row inmate Caleb Corrothers argues he deserves a new trial because a Lafayette County judge refused to allow an expert to testify about the reliability of eyewitness identification. Corrothers was convicted in 2011 of two counts of capital murder and one count of aggravated assault. The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Tuesday. Prosecutors said Corrothers shot and killed Taylor Clark and his father, Frank Clark, over drugs and money. Tonya Clark, Taylor's mother and Frank's wife, was shot in the neck, but recovered. The Clarks' older son,
testified in only five cases. "While questions regarding the credibility of a victim's identification are for the jury, questions regarding the admissibility of a victim's identification are questions of the law — they are reserved for the court," Special Assistant Attorney General Melanie Thomas wrote in the state's brief. Thomas said Neuschatz was trying to invade the province of the trial judge when he offered an opinion that the lineup was suggestive after the judge had already found the lineup admissible. The Corrothers' case is among dozens the Supreme Court will consider during its January-February term. A decision is expected later.
Vicksburg wants state gov’t to return auditorium to city
Associated Press VICKSBURG — The city of Vicksburg wants its auditorium back. The State of Mississippi currently owns the auditorium. The city deeded it to the state in 1985 to take advantage of $1.15 million in state bond money to upgrade the auditorium. The money had been earmarked in 1972 for the Sprague, which was destroyed by fire in 1974. City attorney Nancy Thomas tells The Vicksburg Post ( ) that the agreement expired in 2010 but the state never returned the 58-yearold building to Vicksburg. Thomas said there were no provisions in the agreement automatically transferring ownership back to the city when it expired. "We have never received any notice from the state that it was deeding the building back to us," Thomas said. Mayor George Flaggs Jr., who served in the Legislature from 1988 to 2013, said no one from the previous administration asked about getting the auditorium back. "It must have been an oversight," he said. The city wants to improve the building's entrance and add a ramp. It can do nothing without ownership of the auditorium. Flaggs said if the auditorium's ownership doesn't return to the city, local officials will have to get approval to make renovations from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, because the building has state landmark status; and from the Department of Finance and Administration, which oversees state property. "That's why we want the (legislative) delegation to get the state to return the auditorium back to us," Flaggs said. "We want to eliminate some of the bureaucracy (to do the project)." The events putting the auditorium on the state's property list go back to 1984, 10 years after the Sprague fire, when state officials decided to use the state money for the auditorium, which at the time was the site of the Miss Mississippi pageant. Because the $1.15 million was part of a $2.5 million pot of state bond money "for historic projects around Vicksburg," it could only be used to improve state-owned property. Under the agreement, the city operates and maintains the building.
County administrator search to continue into February
STARKVILLE — Oktibbeha County's search for a new county administrator is expected to last through February as supervisors use an informal process to hone a list of more than 30 applicants to five or so preferred candidates. Supervisors are expected to present their top five candidates and then vote on a shortlist next week. Interviews are expected to be held with the remaining candidates in February.The board has yet to set a date for its next meeting, but supervisors usually meet either the third Monday or Thursday of the month at the county courthouse. The county's chief administrative position became vacant when former administrator Don Posey retired in December.
of the music numbers were saved for Jackson,” Hoffman said. Hoffman said a plus to being in Mississippi is the local talent. “One of the things that we’ve been lucky about is having access to a really good group of musicians. . That’s been great, and it seems obvious now with Mississippi’s blues roots,” she said. Ward Emling of the Mississippi Film Office said more than 1,000 extras were on set for the Thalia Mara Hall filming. “They’re not filming anywhere else, just here in Jackson and Natchez,” Emling said.
Niblett announced as new publisher of The Chronicle
Court denies Killen second look
JACKSON — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a rehearing request from Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 2005 for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. The justices issued the order Monday without comment. In November, the Supreme Court declined to review lower court rulings that Killen’s rights were not violated during his trial in Mississippi. Killen, now 88, was convicted of manslaughter in the slayings of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. He is serving 60 years. On June 21, 1964, Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman disappeared in Neshoba County. The FBI found their bodies buried in an earthen dam on Aug. 4, 1964, in what became known as the “Mississippi Burning” case. Killen is serving his sentence at the state prison at Parchman.
LAUREL — Jason Niblett has been named publisher of The Chronicle newspaper in Laurel. The announcement was made Sunday in The Chronicle by outgoing publisher Kevin Williamson. The Chronicle is owned by Emmerich Newspapers. Williamson previously announced his plans to accept a leadership role with the Hattiesburg Impact, a free newspaper owned by a division of Buckley Newspapers Inc. He became publisher of The Chronicle in June 2013. Niblett, who has been with The Chronicle since it launched in April 2012, will begin his new duties on Jan. 22. He started as news editor and later became advertising manager. Before that, Niblett served several years as a news reporter and news editor in the local newspaper market. He also worked in the marketing field in Hattiesburg for about three years.
Bay St. Louis gathering memorial to Hancock County homeless man
Arrest made in Pike County murder-for-hire plot
MCCOMB — Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Pike County man accused for soliciting an undercover lawman to kill his wife and stepdaughter. Pike County sheriff’s investigator Bruce Fairburn tells The Enterprise-Journal that Paul Jerry Dion, 55, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Dion is expected to make an initial court appearance this week. Pike County Sheriff Mark Shepherd said lawmen used vehicles and a state agency’s helicopter to follow Dion after learning he was leaving Pike County. They then alerted deputies in Marion County to stop and arrest Dion, which they did Thursday. Dion reportedly solicited an undercover operative posing as a hitman to kill Dion’s wife and his 22-year-old stepdaughter and dispose of their bodies, Fairburn said. Officials did not release the names of Dion’s wife and stepdaughter. Fairburn said the undercover lawman recorded phone calls and face-to-face meetings with Dion regarding the murder-for-hire plot. Fairburn would not reveal how much money was offered, but he said authorities seized a briefcase with cash. Dion is being held in the Pike County jail.
BAY ST. LOUIS — Friends of a homeless man who was found dead Christmas Day in Waveland gathered at Church of God in Bay St. Louis for a remembrance. WLOX TV reports that 58-year-old David Bourgeois was well known throughout the homeless community in Hancock County and could frequently be seen riding his bike down Highway 90. He told WLOX News in an interview last year that he lost everything after his mobile home burned down. The memorial was held Saturday night. A suspect in Bourgeois’ death is being held in the Hancock County jail.
3,500 runners in Blues Marathon
‘Get On Up’ filming in Jackson
JACKSON — Filming for the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” has shifted to Jackson. Trish Hoffman, executive producer of the film, tells The Clarion-Ledger with another two and a half weeks of filming left, Jackson residents can expect to feel the film crew’s presence more and more. Capitol Street, several Jackson restaurants and the Mississippi Coliseum are a few locations where filming is planned. “Get On Up” began filming in Natchez in November. The film, which is being directed by Tate Taylor, who also directed the Academy Awardnominated film “The Help,” will depict Brown’s life from when he was nearly 5 years old in 1938 until he was about 60 in 1993. Extras arrived this past week at Jackson’s Thalia Mara Hall, where they were transformed into fans from concert scenes in various time periods. “We actually got through one of our biggest shoots, one of our largest concert scenes, and Thalia Mara has been amazing. . It has been a nice welcome to Jackson. “The entire shoot is 10 weeks, and the big bulk
JACKSON — A weekend marathon in Jackson drew 3,500 runners from 50 states and more than 15 countries. The seventh annual Mississippi Blues Marathon took place Saturday, along with a half-marathon, marathon relay and kids’ run. The event benefits the Musician’s Benevolent Fund of the Mississippi Blues Commission. Event founder John Noblin told The Clarion Ledger that runners said they were pleased with the festivities, which took place this year at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden. WLBT TV reports that one couple even got engaged near the end of the race. Candace Nichols and Mark Schenk, a couple from Ohio, were among the runners. Nichols completed the half marathon and Schenk ran the full marathon. Near the finish line, Schenk, who had put on a headband emblazoned with the words “Marry Me,” pulled out a ring and proposed. He had been carrying the ring the entire 26 miles. “Yeah, I had it in my little pack here I kept checking to make sure the zipper wasn’t coming undone. It’s insured,” said Schenk. First-place winners were Ryan Henderson of Madison, who finished the full marathon in two hours and 43 minutes, and Jon Hager of Alpharetta, Ga., who finished the half-marathon in one hour and 14 minutes. For the women, Lindsey Pierret of Eden Prairie, Minn., took the marathon in 3 hours and 15 minutes, and Melissa Robinson of Austin finished the half in one hour and 32 minutes. Another participant was Denver-based entrepreneur David. Every runner was motivated by a personal goal, and Knapp’s is to complete 50 marathons in 2014 as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.
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By WiLL NaTioNS Diquan Ewing swatted a Columbus shot attempt and recovered the block. The West Point senior center then flashed a pass to Tre Williams in transition who fed an alleyoop from the free-throw line to Demarius Calvert for a strong two-handed slam. The first quarter bangbang play was one of the few fast-paced portions of a defensive chess match between the Green Wave and Falcons, which West Point won, 5445, Saturday evening on the campus of West Point High School. The win over Columbus capped a back-to-back non-district weekend that began with a 55-47 win over the Aberdeen Bulldogs in front of a full-capacity crowd Friday at home. “I think teams have realized that our pace is up-tempo, and teams are trying to take that away from us,” West Point Head Coach Brad Cox said. “I thought in both games this weekend, is that we are able to tip passes and get steals during the second half. We are able to play strong defense rather than relying on offense. “Down the stretch, we missed free throws,” Cox added. “Several times before the end, we gave them easy buckets. We didn’t execute little things in the fourth quarter. I think losing a 14-point deficit teaches us that we have to learn to just finish.”
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West Point Wave downs Aberdeen, Columbus
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West Point senior Tony Craddeth guards an Shannon Red Raider inbound pass during a contest in the New Hope New Year Classic Jan. 4 on the campus of New Hope High School in Columbus. The Wave (16-2, 1-0 District 2-5A) escaped a fourthquarter, Columbus charge as their 14-point lead evaporated to six points, 49-43, with two minutes, 52 seconds remaining. During the 10-2 Falcon run, the Wave turned over the ball six consecutive times but was saved with two free throws by A.J. Jones and a Calvert make at the 1:41 mark, 53-43. “All good teams make runs, but better teams hold them off,” Columbus Head Coach Sammy Smith said. “West Point has a good team and did what they are supposed to do down the stretch. We made plays but couldn’t overcome the large lead we gave them. “We are all family in the ‘Golden Triangle Area,’” Smith added. “We pull for each other — except for when we play each other — so hopefully we made them better and vice versa.” Calvert led West Point with a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds. The senior power forward collected three 3-point plays, including a 3-point play in the second quarter that broke a tie, 24-21; West Point entered halftime leading, 27-21. Juan Davis added 12 points for West Point. “I just have faith in my team and faith in the guys who give me the ball,” Calvert said. “Without them and with Diquan Ewing, I wouldn’t get those types of opportunities to finish at rim.” Ewing provided a strong defensive performance for
West Point, keeping Columbus shot attempts away from the rim. Nicknamed Mutombo after the famous shot blocker, Dikembe Mutombo, Ewing lived up to his to his prowess with six blocks. “Columbus wanted to drive and kick tonight,” Ewing said. “I think as a team on defense we did well. I was willing to take charges and also get blocks. Columbus is a good offensive team, and we used different various zones and man-to-mans on our defense to stop them.” After a West Point 8-2 run, Joshua Howard knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the contest before the end of the first eight minutes at 16. Friday, the Wave overcame a 41-30 deficit as Tony Craddeth provided the go-ahead dunk in the fourth quarter, 46-45. The Craddeth dunk clinched West Point’s second victory over Aberdeen. “Columbus was a good team, and Aberdeen was a good team,” Calvert said about the two-game weekend. “We played harder and tried harder, we simply played ball.” The Wave is undefeated at home during the 2013-14 campaign and lost only one of 13 games last season in West Point. West Point takes on the Louisville Wildcats on the road at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the campus of Louisville High School in Louisville. The Wave defeated the Wildcats on Dec. 20 in West Point, 76-57.
Lady Wave splits weekend doubleheader in West Point
After leading Columbus by 11 points in the first quarter, the West Point Lady Wave watched its advantage vanish by halftime, and dropped a MHSAA non-district bout to the visiting Lady Falcons, 59-44, Saturday evening on the campus of West Point High School. The loss followed a narrow, 56-54 victory over the Aberdeen Lady Bulldogs Friday night at home. “I want to put this on a mental lapse,” West Point Head Coach Dashmond Daniel said about the loss to Columbus. “They are so used to playing from behind, and they are never used to playing up. I relayed to them that they have to continue the same intensity throughout the game. They relaxed on me … they got confused on defense and offense.” The Lady Falcons used a 16-0 run in the first four minutes of the second quarter as Columbus outpaced West Point before halftime (27-10) for a sixpoint lead, 30-24. The Falcons never let West Point get any closer than eight points in the final 16 minutes, cruising to an easy non-district win. Lady Wave sophomore Qiayon BaiBy WiLL NaTioNS
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West Point sophomore Qiayon Bailey drives the lane against the Saltillo Lady Tigers in a MHSAA District 2-5A contest last Tuesday in West Point. Bailey averaged 18 points for the Lady Wave in the past three contests.
ley led her team with six points during the first eight minutes as West Point led Columbus, 14-3. Bailey finished with a double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Against Aberdeen, Bailey finished with 26 points for the Lady Wave. The small forward has provided consistent minutes for Daniel’s squad, which is looking for young players to fill big shoes. “Qiayon is 110 percent all the time,” Daniel said. “I told her the other night that she was going to have to be our leader. Qiayon is going to have to grow up over this month after we lost our vocal floor general, Alicia Witherspoon.” This past week has been a difficult one for West Point as it only won one of three contests, including a 49-41 loss to Saltillo in the District 2-5A opener. On top of losing two games, Lady Wave players picked up severe injuries in an already depleted roster. West Point battles the Louisville Lady Wildcats in a rematch at 6 p.m. today in Louisville. The Lady Wildcats won the previous decision over the Lady Wave on Dec. 20 in West Point, 65-55.
A-Rod sues MLB, union to overturn drug ban
BY LARRY NEUMEISTER and RONALD BLUM Associated Press NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players' union Monday, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was "clear and convincing evidence" he used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation. As part of the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, the New York Yankees third baseman made public Saturday's 33page decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who shortened a penalty originally set at 211 games last August by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig for violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract. Horowitz, who technically chaired a three-man panel that included a representative of MLB and the union, trimmed the penalty to 162 games, plus all postseason games in 2014. "While this length of suspension may be unprecedented for a MLB player, so is the misconduct he committed," Horowitz wrote. Rodriguez in his suit claimed the Major League Baseball Players Association "completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez to protect his rights" and "this inaction by MLBPA created a climate in which MLB felt free to trample" on Rodriguez's confidentiality rights. Rodriguez asked for the court to find MLB violated its agreements with the union, that the union breached its duty to represent him and to throw out Horowitz's decision. The three-time AL MVP five years ago admitted using performance-enhancing drugs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has denied using them since. MLB's investigation of Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic, was sparked after the publication of documents last January by Miami New Times. Anthony Bosch, the clinic's head, agreed in June to cooperate with MLB's investigation, and Rodriguez's lawyers attacked his credibility because of that agreement, which included reimbursement for the costs of lawyers and security. "The benefits accorded to Bosch under that arrangement did not involve inducements that the panel considers to be improper," Horowitz wrote. Horowitz concluded Rodriguez used testosterone, human growth hormone and Insulin-like growth factor-1 in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in violation of baseball's Joint Drug Agreement. "Direct evidence of those violations was supplied by the testimony of Anthony Bosch and corroborated with excerpts from Bosch's personal composition notebooks, BBMs (Blackberry messages) exchanged between Bosch and Rodriguez, and reasonable inferences drawn from the entire record of evidence," Horowitz wrote. Horowitz said Rodriguez was introduced to Bosch by A-Rod cousin Yuri Sucart, who knew Bosch through Jorge "Oggi" Velazquez. "Contrary to the claim of Ro-
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New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. Rodriguez’s drug suspension has been cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision sidelining the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season.
driguez, the challenges lodged to the credibility of Bosch's testimony do not effectively refute or undermine the findings of JDA violations," the arbitrator wrote. Horowitz concluded MLB was justified in citing violations of the collective bargaining agreement because Rodriguez "played an active role in inducing Bosch to issue his own public denial on Jan. 29" and "attempted to induce Bosch to sign a sworn statement on May 31" saying he never supplied the player. Rodriguez did not testify in the grievance, walking out after Horowitz refused to order Selig to testify. In determining the length of the penalty, Horowitz cited a 2008 decision in a grievance involving Neifi Perez in which arbitrator Shyam Das ruled "separate uses are subject to separate disciplines." He said under the discipline system for positive tests, Rodriguez would be subject to at least 150 games for three violations of 50 games. But Horowitz thought Selig's initial penalty was too severe.
SpORTs Jackson State Goss leads Kentucky women over Missouri
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hires Harold Jackson of NFL
BY DAVID BRANDT Associated Press JACKSON — Jackson State has hired former NFL standout Harold Jackson as its football coach. Jackson replaces Rick Comegy, who was fired in December after eight seasons. Jackson State had an 8-4 record this fall, but lost to Southern in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game. The 68-year-old Jackson played for Jackson State in the 1960s. He had a 16-year NFL career, including stops with the Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. Jackson has also had a lengthy career as an assistant coach at the NFL and college levels. His most recent job was as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League in 2012. The school introduced Jackson during a Monday press conference on campus.
BY KEITH TAYLOR Associated Press LEXINGTON — Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell was relieved after his ninthranked Wildcats ended a two-game losing streak. "I'm as happy with this win as any we've had in a long time," Mitchell said after the 80-69 victory over Missouri on Sunday. "We needed this win." Bria Goss scored 20 points and had a clutch three-point play with 3:34 left that helped the Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) get back on track following back-to-back losses to Florida and South Carolina. "This is a huge win," Goss said. "Missouri is a really good team and for us to come out (and play) the way we did and battle back, get that confidence back is really good for us." Janee Thompson followed Goss with 16 points, Jennifer O'Neill and DeNesha Stallworth each had 11 and Samarie Walker finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds to round out five Kentucky players in double figures. Goss was 10-10 from the free-throw line and just missed a double-double with eight rebounds for the short-handed Wildcats. Kentucky was without senior guard Kastine Evans, who sat out because of an undisclosed leg injury. Evans, the team's third leading scorer (11.2 points per game) leads the team in three-point field goals with 25. Mitchell lauded his team for stepping up in the absence of Evans and said he expects one of his senior leader to return for Sunday's game at Auburn. "The champion that she is and the competitor that she is, she tried to battle in practice Friday and Saturday, but I would tell something was really wrong with her Saturday," Mitchell. "It's something we've been able to manage her whole career, so we're hopeful with this week off, we'll have her back on track. We don't anticipate this being long term." O'Neill replaced Evans in the starting lineup, for her first start of the season. O'Neill made three of Kentucky's six 3-pointers in the contest. Missouri (13-4, 2-2) led by eight three times in the first half but Kentucky rallied each time. Trailing 24-16 with 7:32 remaining in the first half, the Wildcats
"I want to thank you for this opportunity to come back home," Jackson said. "I'm not a big speaker — I believe in action. We're going to put the excitement and the product on the field. We're going to be disciplined." Jackson, a Mississippi native, said he would concentrate on recruiting local athletes before venturing out of the state. The school said one reason Comegy was fired — despite a 55-35 record — was because of his reluctance to recruit players from central Mississippi. "We're going to do Mississippi first because this is where our fan base is," Jackson said. "We want to put people in the stands." There will be pressure to win quickly. Jackson State has advanced to the SWAC championship game in back-to-back seasons, but lost both times. The school's most recent league championship was in 2007. "I think we've inherited a great football team," Jackson said. "I just want to go and finish what they've started."
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Kentucky’s Bria Goss (left) shoots under pressure from Missouri’s Bri Kulas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday in Lexington, Ky. outscored the Tigers 16-2 for a 32-26 lead. Kentucky pushed the margin to 35-28 on a 3-pointer by Goss and led 37-31 at the half. A timeout by Mitchell before the decisive scoring spree ignited the Wildcats. "He (Mitchell) told us to just let everything go, just play and be confident," Goss said. Missouri managed just one field goal in the last eight minutes of the first half and shot 39 percent for the game. Kentucky scored six of the first eight points of the second half and led 43-33 with 18 minutes remaining. The Tigers pulled to within five twice in the final 20 minutes but couldn't get any closer.
Shaq Wiggins arrested for suspended license
Associated Press ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia cornerback Shaq Wiggins has been released on bail following his arrest for driving with a suspended license. According to Athens-Clarke County police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow, Wiggins was pulled over Sunday night for speeding after he was clocked driving 52 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. Sorrow says the arresting officer's routine check on Wiggins' license found Wiggins failed to appear in court on an earlier charge, resulting in the license being suspended.
The Wildcats scored most of their points in transition, scoring 28 on 17 Missouri turnovers. Kentucky also had 21 second-chance points and outrebounded the Tigers 42-38. "Our players fought hard today," Mitchell said. "We bounced back from a real tough two-game slide that we had. To come back home and get a win when we didn't have everybody available was really, really great for us. We're excited for the victory." Bri Kulas led the Tigers (13-4, 2-2) with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Kulas had 20 in the first half as Missouri led by eight three times in the first frame. Morgan Eye added 14 points for Missouri.
Vanderbilt upsets Tennessee Lady Vols, 74-63 Grantham leaves Georgia,
BY TERESA M. WALKER Associated Press NASHVILLE — The eighthranked Tennessee Lady Vols are loaded with size, talent and athleticism. The Vanderbilt Commodores know exactly what they need to do to win. They stuck to the plan Sunday and did just that. Jasmine Lister scored 22 points and Christina Foggie added 21 as the Commodores upset No. 8 Tennessee 74-63 for a very rare win over their in-state rival. How rare? Well, the Commodores now have nine victories in the 70 games they count having played against Tennessee. Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb said she reminded her Commodores not to do anything different than normal just because of a big crowd or the opponent. "The discipline that they showed to be able to do that I'm really proud of that," Balcomb said. "That makes me smile because that's a lot to look forward to. This is very early in the season." Vanderbilt (14-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a three-game skid against Tennessee with its first win in the series since Feb. 9, 2012. Marqu'es Webb added 12 for Vanderbilt, which now has won 11 of its last 12. Tennessee (13-3, 2-2) now has matched the two SEC losses from all last season. Isabelle Harrison snapped a school-record streak of double-doubles at seven as she scored 10 points and had only five rebounds before fouling out. Not having Harrison for 30 minutes hurt, but coach Holly Warlick was more upset with the Lady Vols' poor defense. "We get up, and we can't stop anybody penetrating so it has nothing to do with Harrison," Warlick said. "It's about what's important on the other end ... Until defense is important to us, we're going to struggle." BY CHARLES ODUM Associated Press ATLANTA — Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has accepted a similar position on Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville. Georgia coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday night that Grantham had accepted an offer from the Cardinals. Grantham was Georgia's defensive coordinator for four years. Grantham, who was given the additional title of associate head coach in 2012, was earning $850,000 per year at Georgia. ESPN reported Grantham will earn $1 million per year in his five-year deal at Louisville. Grantham produced mixed results at Georgia. In 2011, the Bulldogs ranked fifth in the nation in total defense. His 2012 defense struggled at times despite having seven players selected in the 2013 NFL draft. The Bulldogs then ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and 78th in the nation in scoring defense in 2013. They finished 8-5 while giving up 29 points per game. The signature play of the 2013 season for Georgia and its defense came in the final
headed to Louisville staff
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Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale (center) dribbles against Vanderbilt guard Kylee Smith (23) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Meighan Simmons led the Lady Vols with 19 points. Jasmine Jones had 13 and Cierra Burdick 11. The Commodores had the seats at Memorial Gym filled with a majority of black and gold instead of the usual Tennessee orange. They looked very comfortable from the start as they outhustled and outplayed Tennessee most of the game. Balcomb remembers her teams being booed early in her 12-year tenure when hosting Tennessee. She credited the marketing staff, her teams and fans for helping flip that edge. "Tonight I felt like this was our home court," Balcomb said. "I thought we had more black and gold, and I could feel it in the crowd. That's the neatest thing for me after 12 years. ... It didn't happen overnight." Vanderbilt played only three 6-foot or better but none taller than then 6-1 Webb. Tennessee's dramatic size difference included five Lady Vols 6-2 or taller. The Lady Vols used that size in outrebounding Vanderbilt 40-31, but the Commodores outshot them 49.1 percent (26 of 53) to 42.9 percent (27 of 63). They were at their best in the second half as they hit a sizzling 62.5 percent (15 of 24). Vanderbilt trailed 48-42 when the Commodores went on a 13-2 run that included a jumper by Morgan Batey that gave them their first lead since 29-28 late in the first half. Batey's jumper put Vandy up 5150, then the sophomore guard had a steal with Lister finishing off the fast break with a layup and Foggie added a layup capping the spurt for a 55-50 lead with 5:38 to go. "We kept our composure," Lister said. Tennessee didn't get closer than seven the rest of the way bringing most of the 9,412 fans to their feet for the final couple minutes in celebration. The Lady Vols led 30-29 at halftime despite being without Harrison for all but a minute of the first half. Harrison, a Nashville native, picked up two fouls within the first 59 seconds and headed to the bench for the rest of the half. The Lady Vols also started sluggishly missing their first six shots. They didn't hit their first field goal until Burdick's jumper with 14:35 left in the half. Tennessee opened the second half scoring the first nine points with Harrison on the floor taking a 39-29 lead on a bucket by Jones with 16:28 left. Vanderbilt answered with its own 13-5 run, pulling within 44-42 on a jumper by
minute of the Bulldogs' 43-38 loss to Auburn. Nick Marshall's 73-yard pass was deflected by Georgia defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons and then caught by Ricardo Louis for the go-ahead touchdown with 25 seconds remaining. Richt said he already has heard from possible candidates to replace Grantham. "We are appreciative of all the contributions Todd has made to our program and wish him nothing but the best," Richt said. "But at the same time the opportunity to work at Georgia is extremely attractive and there already is, and will be, interest from some very, very outstanding coaches. "We have a lot of defensive players coming back, as well as some outstanding defensive recruits, and there's going to be plenty of interest in coaching them. I'm excited about the prospects of a great defensive coordinator being on board as quickly as possible." Georgia expects to return 10 starters on defense. Grantham is the second defensive assistant to leave Richt's staff. Secondary coach Scott Lakatos resigned on Thursday, citing undisclosed personal reasons.
— Associated Press
Bobby Petrino signs autographs for fans after being announced as the new University of Louisville football coach at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Thursday in Louisville, Ky. Petrino will be joined by Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on the Cardinals’ coaching staff.
Ice castles become tourist attractions in three US sites
BY HOLLY RAMER Associated Press LINCOLN, N.H. — Farming is tough during a New Hampshire winter — unless you're growing icicles. At the base of Loon Mountain in Lincoln, an ice castle not unlike the frosty palace in the Disney movie "Frozen" is rising from the ground, one icicle at a time. It's one of three ice castles being built by the same company — the others are in Breckinridge, Colo., and Midway, Utah — this winter. Brent Christensen, who now lives in Hawaii, started his Ice Castles company a few years ago after spending several winters building elaborate slides and ice towers for his kids in his backyard in Utah. He initially sprayed water onto wooden frames, only to be left with a tangled mess of splintered wood in spring. The next year, he experimented with blocks of ice, building a small igloo to which he added chunks of snow and ice. "During that process, I almost accidentally started thinking about icicles," he said. "At first it was just for cosmetics. I thought, 'This will look really cool.' And then, with time, I stumbled on the idea of crisscrossing the icicles, and that's when I found ... you can actually grow them in certain ways." Eventually, he approached ski areas about building larger structures that could serve as temporary art installations and tourist attractions, and the idea took off. It costs tens of thousands of dollars to build the castles, the largest of which spans about an acre, and visitors pay $8 to $10 to walk through them. About 8,000 people have visited the New Hampshire castle since it opened Dec. 27. Matt Brown, of Somerville, Mass., who toured the castle last week, said he recently saw "Frozen" and was curious to see how a real ice castle compared to the movie version. "I obviously knew it wouldn't be quite like that because that's an animated thing, and it's a lot easi-
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er to animate things than make them in real life, but I thought it would be an interesting way to spend 30 or 60 minutes," he said. "It's really neat." The castles will continue growing during the season, until they melt in March. Walls that stand 8 to 20 feet could reach 40 to 60 feet in the next month or so, and icicles placed along the tops of walls will become ceilings. But it takes a lot of work, said Cory Livingood, foreman of the New Hampshire castle's crew. The process starts in the fall, with the installation of elaborate sprinkler systems. When the weather turns cold, water is sprayed onto metal racks to produce thousands of icicles that are harvested and stuck to the ground around sprinkler heads. The icicles are then drenched in water and, depending on the temperature and wind, grow in various shapes and formations. Over the course of a few weeks, towers, tunnels, archways and caves emerge. "We're technically farmers," Livingood said. "We grow icicles, we handpick them, harvest them, take them out and hand place them around sprinklers, and then we turn on those sprinklers and they grow more." There are 58 towers on the Lincoln castle, plus a waterfall and an enclosed slide. At night, the castles are lit by color-changing LED lights embedded in the ice. Sara Bookin-Weiner, also of Somerville, said she appreciates the beauty of the ice at a time of year when "things are so dead and dark." "Especially now that the holidays are over, in the Northeast we're looking forward to lots of months of blah, and it's really wonderful to have something so creative and artistic and delightful," she said. Christensen, who also runs a small-engine repair business, said there's a significant amount of mechanical work and engineering involved in designing the castles and setting them up. But Mother Nature handles the artistic side.
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Work continues Monday around a storage tank with the chemical designation MCHM, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, the chemical that leaked into the Elk River, at Freedom Industries storage facility in Charleston,Va. The ban on tap water for parts of West Virginia was lifted on Monday, ending a crisis for a fraction of the 300,000 people who were told not to drink, wash or cook with water after a chemical spill tainted the water supply.
Water ban lifted after spill
BY JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The ban on tap water for parts of West Virginia was lifted on Monday, ending a crisis for a fraction of the 300,000 people who were told not to drink, wash or cook with water after a chemical spill tainted the water supply. Gov. Earl Tomblin made the announcement at a news conference, five days after people were told to use the water only to flush their toilets. "The numbers we have today look good and we are finally at a point where the 'do not use' order has been lifted," he said. Officials were lifting the ban in a strict, methodical manner to help ensure the water system was not overwhelmed by excessive demand, which could cause more water quality and service problems. Customers were asked to flush out their systems before using the water again. Officials cautioned the water could still have a licoricetype odor, but they said it was safe. "It's not going to bother me as long as we know it's clean," said Peter Triplett, a state library commission worker who was in the first area allowed to use water. "It's been rough going." About 6,000 to 10,000 customers were cleared to use the water again Monday, and it could be days before the entire water system was cleared, West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre said. The first area cleared was downtown Charleston, the state capital and its largest city. Restaurants, day-care centers and schools there have closed during the emergency. Schools Superintendent James Phares said he hoped the largest two school systems could reopen Tuesday, but cautioned: "We're not going to be rushing them back to school if it's not safe." The water crisis started Thursday when a chemical used in coal processing leaked from a Freedom Industries plant into the nearby Elk River. Complaints came in to West Virginia American Water about the odor. The source was the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol that spilled out of a 40,000 gallon tank. State officials believe about 7,500 gallons leaked from the tank. Some of the chemical was contained before flowing into the river and it's not clear exactly how much entered the water supply. Federal authorities, including the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, opened an investigation into the spill. Over the past few days, tests have showed that levels were consistently below a toxic threshold, and in some samples, there was no trace of the chemical at all. Officials were also keeping a close eye on water downstream to make sure there was no further impact. No fish kills or other impact on aquatic life, wildlife or pets were reported. Water distribution centers have handed out bottled water and trucks with large tanks of water have filled up containers for people to take home. Some people put plastic bags around faucets so that they were reminded not to use the water. Others have left town to take a shower and find an open restaurant. Only 14 people exposed to the contaminated water were admitted to the hospital, and none were in serious condition. The chemical, even in its most concentrated form, isn't deadly. However, people were told they shouldn't even wash their clothes in affected water, as the compound can cause symptoms ranging from skin irritation and rashes to vomiting and diarrhea. Lawmakers were to return
to the Capitol on Monday after Friday's session was cut short because there wasn't any water. Their work now will likely include a look at how Freedom Industries flew under the regulatory radar. Freedom Industries' tanks don't fall under an inspection program and the chemicals stored at the facility weren't considered hazardous enough to require environmental permitting, but there's already talk about changing that, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman said. One idea is to require tanks to be a certain distance from the river, he said. Company president Gary Southern held a brief news conference Friday night, but otherwise company officials have declined to comment. "We have mitigated the risk, we believe, in terms of further material leaving this facility," he said then. The coal and chemical industries are major forces in the state's economy, providing thousands of jobs, but they also pose risks of spills and mine disasters. West Virginia is the second-largest coal producing state, behind Wyoming, and the state has about 150 chemical companies. The area where the spill happened is known as Chemical Valley.
Southwest flight lands at wrong Missouri airport Partisans divided over Christie scandal fallout
BY JIM SALTER Associated Press A Southwest Airlines flight bound for the main airport in Branson, Mo., instead touched down at a much smaller nearby airfield that gave the pilots only half as much room to stop. After passengers were let off the jet Wednesday evening, they noticed that the airliner had come dangerously close to the end of the runway, where it could have tumbled down a steep embankment if it had left the pavement. "As soon as we touched down, the pilot applied the brake very hard and very forcibly," said passenger Scott Schieffer, a Dallas attorney who was among the 124 passengers aboard Southwest Flight 4013 from Chicago's Midway Airport to the Branson airport. "I was wearing a seatbelt, but I was lurched forward because of the heavy pressure of the brake. You could smell burnt rubber, a very distinct smell of burnt rubber as we were stopping." Branson Airport has a runway that is more than 7,100 feet long — a typical size for commercial traffic. The longest runway at Taney County Airport is only slightly more than 3,700 feet because it is designed for small private planes. After the jet stopped, a flight attendant welcomed passengers to Branson, Schieffer said. Then, after a few moments, "the pilot came on and said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, I'm sorry to tell you we landed at the wrong airport.'" At first, Schieffer said, he considered it only an inconvenience. But once he got off the plane, someone pointed to the edge of the runway, which he estimated as about 100 feet away. "It was surreal when I realized we could have been in real danger and inBY ANGELA DELLI SANTI Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. — Prominent Republicans leapt to GOP Gov. Chris Christie's defense on Sunday, insisting that an ongoing traffic scandal wouldn't ruin any presidential ambitions, while Democrats say it's difficult to believe such a hands-on manager knew nothing about a plan by a top aide to close lanes at a bridge into New York City. Politicians from both sides of the aisle took to the Sunday talk shows to debate the fallout from the traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge in September and any role Christie may have played. Documents show Christie's aides appeared to engineer lane closures at the heavily traveled bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who failed to endorse his re-election bid. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC's "Meet the Press" Christie could move past the scandal and still win support from primary voters in the 2016 presidential race. He said Christie demonstrated leadership by holding a lengthy news conference Thursday to apologize for the scandal, the most seri-
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Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 sits at the M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport Monday in Hollister, Mo.,. The plane was supposed to land at the nearby Branson Airport on Sunday evening, but instead landed at Clark Airport, also known as Taney County Airport, which has a much shorter runway than at Branson, about seven miles away. stead of an inconvenience, it could have been a real tragedy," he said. Mark Parent, manager of the smaller airport also known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport, described the distance as closer to 300 feet. He said the runway is built partly on landfill. At the end there is a "significant drop-off," with a ravine beneath it, then busy U.S. 65 on the other side. He said a Boeing 737 had never landed at the small airfield, which opened in 1970 and normally handles light jets, turboprops and small aircraft for the charter, corporate and tourism markets. No one was around at the airport when the Southwest flight landed. Airport staffers had gone home about an hour earlier but were called back after the unexpected arrival, Parent said. Brad Hawkins, a spokesman for Dallas-based Southwest, said everyone aboard the jet was safe. He did not know why the plane went to the wrong airport. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said the agency was investigating, but he declined to elaborate.
ous challenge to his political career, and to disavow any knowledge of its planning. "America's a forgiving people, but they're forgiving when you take ownership, you admit mistakes, you take corrective action, and that's what Chris Christie showed," Priebus said. Christie said he was "embarrassed and humiliated" by the conduct of some of his staff, including top aide Bridget Anne Kelly, whom he fired after learning she gave the go-ahead to close the lanes. Christie said he was "blindsided" by the revelations, which he said he discovered when subpoenaed emails were released last week. John Wisniewski, a New Jersey Democrat leading the legislative investigation into the traffic jams, told CBS' "Face the Nation" there's no evidence Christie was directly involved in the traffic tie-up. But he said the governor didn't have to know about the lane closures for them to be a crime. "When you use the George Washington Bridge for what the emails show to be a political payback, that amounts to using public property for a private purpose or for a political purpose, and that's not legal," Wisniewski said.
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Pressure’s tendrils will find their way into the best of situations. As a result, many people might act in an odd or divisive manner. If you step back and observe what is happening, you could start laughing at everything that is going on. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You might decide to head down a certain path only to discover that it is fraught with boulders. Rethink your choices. Make calls, and get feedback. Luck seems to appear just as certain issues dissolve. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Be smart when handling funds. Someone could make an appealing offer. This person’s words will mean nothing until you check out their validity. A friend who often shares some unique ideas could surprise you. CANCER (June 21-July 22) You could be taken aback by someone’s childish behavior. You often put this person on a pedestal, but today he or she could fall off. Perhaps you have been projecting your own ideals instead of seeing reality. Take off your rose-colored glasses. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Continue to do your share of listening. Understand what your expectations are regarding someone you admire. This person could give you quite a jolt. Recognize what is happening below the surface, and act on those feelings. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Move forward, and understand what a meeting and its message are really about. You know you can count on certain supporters; brainstorm with them more often. You might want to indulge a close loved one, but a partner could become jealous. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Think twice before assuming the helm of the ship. Remember that many responsibilities come with this position. Recognize your limits. Know what can be done in order to salvage a rapidly deteriorating situation. Changes might profoundly affect you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Reach out for a different perspective. Step back and take a look at the big picture. You will see matters in a new light after some reflection. Your decisions also will mirror a new and unique quality. Give yourself the luxury of choice. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You might believe all is well under the advisement of a partner, but you will discover otherwise. A child could become quite rebellious and difficult all of a sudden. Be more in touch with what your limits are. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Someone might want to do things his or her way. Hand this person the reins and see what happens. Sometimes people just instinctively react to your position and determination. Let them walk in your shoes, and they will learn a lot. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Your decision to accomplish certain tasks demands focus. Some of you might want to screen your calls. Unfortunately, someone might misread your lack of availability and take it personally. Have a conversation, hopefully to cool this person down.
January 14, 1974
Gov. Bill Waller presented a multi-phased program to the Mississippi Legislature today and urged lawmakers to make “investment in our future” the theme of the 1974 session. “It is essentially that we invent our uncommitted funds in our future,” Waller said, “and that we spend these funds for development of our resources - our human resources by education and training; and our natural resources by expanding production, processing and marketing.” Waller, in a speech prepared for delivery to the State’s lawmakers, endorsement to recommendations by a special study group for a statewide career education program, a modified compulsory and better management of the 16th section lands. “It is my sincere belief that 1974 can produce a quality of education of such a high degree that Mississippi’s system will be near the top in this nation,” he said. Waller also outlined his legislative proposals in numerous other areas including agriculture, forestry, highways, tourism, small loan interest rates, higher education, health care services, and the energy crisis. Most of the recommendations were unveiled previously by Waller in news conferences and in a series of regional meetings over the state last fall. Waller declared that 1974 was “the year of opportunity” for Mississippi. He said the state’s financial outlook was unusually good despite the energy crisis, and “We have the unified support of our people, as never before, to solve the problems that face our state.” “Today I want to challenge you to accept the opportunity that faces us in 1974,” he told legislators. “I urge you to have the term remembered as having contributed more to the development of our state than any other legislature in history.” Regarding higher education, the governor gave his general support to the recommendations of another special committee but further proposed a moratorium on new construction at the colleges and universities “in view of the obvious need for a long range plan for the scope and purpose of higher education in Mississippi.” Waller also pointed to the “confusion” over formulation of a new desegregation plan for higher education as ordered by federal officials. He urged that “all funds for capital improvements on new projects (for higher education) be curtailed and that this money be placed in a trust fund.” However, he recommended that a proposed veterinary school be approved and that construction of a new dental school be continued.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 6 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
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Daily Times Leader | Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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City donates new vests to WPSD
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u Feed the Hungry — Holy Temple Holiness Church Women’s Ministries deliver meals to Feed the Hungry the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. If you or someone you know is elderly or shutin, and could benefit from this free delivery service, call 494-3322 before 8 a.m. the morning of the deliveries.
u Town Creek Bible Study — Minister Lester Moore will be holding Bible Study at Town Creek Apartments in the Laundry Room each Tuesday night from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.The current 13-week less is titled “How to be a Christian.”
u Noonday Prayer Service — Strong Hill M.B. Church is having a prayer service from noon – 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Inviting everyone seeking the power of prayer. Ministers, evangelists and pastors are welcome.
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Mayor Robbie Robinson (center) donates new rain coats and safety vests for the school crossing guards of tbe West Point School District to Custodian and Traffic Guard Supervisor Mike Randle (left) and Superintendent Burnell McDonald. The supplies/uniforms were paid for by the the City of West Point's Safe Routes to School grant. The intent of the grant is to make it safer for all involved to walk and ride their bike to school and to encourage kids and parents to make that healthy choice.
u Computer Classes — Pilgrim Grove M.B. Church is offering free computer classes for senior citizens age 60 and over from 6 – 7 p.m. each Tuesday. Classes will teach basic beginner computer skills. Don’t let technology pass you by.
u Pastor Anniversary — The Church House of Refuge Family Worship Center will have their Pastors Michael and Sharon Cannon 11th anniversary at 3 p.m.The guest speaker is Evangelist Gloria Jamison of Maranatha Faith Center in Columbus.
MsU cHAsEs advances partnerships, supports research
For Daily Times Leader STARKVILLE — Mississippi State historians continue working with university scientists and librarians, as well as national authorities, to preserve histories of the South’s agriculture, science, technology, and environment. The campus Center for the History of Agriculture, Science and the Environment in the South--CHASES, for short--is a regionally unique research organization, according to Director James C. Giesen. Before its establishment in 2011, no education-based organization in the South was formally researching and documenting the environmental history of the region’s agriculture, science and technology, the associate professor of history said. “This is a land-grant school that values the humanities, and it is great to be at an institution that cares about history,” Giesen said. “We have strong partnerships and a great lecture series, and these are attracting more students. We also have the CHASES Graduate Fellowship that allows a history student to get more experience in research.” For more on MSU, visit
u Mortgage Burning — Holy Temple Holiness Church is hosting a “Mortgage Burning” service at 3 p.m.The church wishes to invite everyone to join them for this time of celebrating what the Lord has done.
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Sidewalks will be built for paths leading to and from Central School and Fifth Street Junior High School for areas that are currently without sidewalks. CSE, Robinson said, was also responsible for the design phase of the sidewalks. Selectmen will also approve final execution of a memorandum of understanding with the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance, which states that the GA will be responsible for retiring the entirety of the $460,000 of general obligation bonds. Selectmen will receive said bids at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at City Hall. “The (city owns) the McClure building, but it will be used for community purposes,” Robinson said. The renovations, as a matter of fact, began last week, according to Robinson. Henson Construction Co. was awarded the renovation contract late 2013. Progress on the renovations so far, considering a very recent start date, are nominal, according to HCC President Richard Henson. “All we’ve done (so far) is some minor demolition,” Henson said. “That’s as far as we’ve gotten. There’ll be more to see in a couple of weeks when we start putting the elevators in.” Selectmen will also discuss reappointments on the city planning committee and the West Point Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. West Point resident Vanessa Beals will also be granted a fragment of time to discuss the dangers of Pit Bulls.
u Pastor Anniversary — First Baptist Pheba Church Pheba, is celebrating their pastor and wife’s anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Elbert Lee, of St. Robertson M. B. Church. The public is invited to attend.
u Pastor Anniversary — First Baptist Pheba Church Pheba, is celebrating Pastor Ronnie and Sister Doris Smith’s 4 year anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Elbert Lee, of St. Robertson M. B. Church.The public is invited to attend.
u Usher’s Ministry —Greenwood M.B. Church is having its annual Usher’s Ministry Program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Tim Brinkley of Mt. Hermon M.B. Church. The public is invited to attend.
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first African American to serve on the Editorial Board of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International teaching sorority. The Bible verse which provides the impetus of her life is Psalms 34:10“Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” “It is a true homecoming to be in West Point to speak,” said Collins. “Who would have ever believed a young woman from West Point, Mississippi would travel all over the world? We need to impress upon our young people that with an education they can achieve anything. Too many think what they see on television or in the movies is reality. They need to understand the difference and know that the key to their future is in pursing their educational opportunities. I was young went Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. I remember the first time I was sent to Central School during integration. We were all so afraid of what desegregation would mean to us. It was a social experiment conducted on children. Young people now have never known what it is like to be afraid to go to school. We paid that price for them during 1969 and 1970.” A native of West Point, Collins is a graduate of the West Point School District. She earned her bachelor of Science degree, masters’ of Curriculum and Instruction and Doctorate of Education from Mississippi State University. Her parents are Sally Watson of West Point and the late Willie Henry Watson.
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WPPD, parents are encouraged to bring their child along with his/her bicycle as they would otherwise be required to do on the day of the giveaway so as to ensure the helmets are properly distributed to children that actually possess a bike. Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the giveaway is a good idea as it reinforces the concept of safety when riding a bicycle. “It’s safety oriented,” Brinkley said. “We’re living in a time, now, when a lot of kids — their parents don’t appear to be all that concerned about bicycle safety.” Brinkley said there could be a number of reasons why children are given bicycles without a helmet to go along with it, which, he said, possibly includes the parents deeming a helmet an unnecessary expenditure. And the giveaway is something he, much like McGee, hopes to see continue as time goes on. “We stress safety,” Brinkley said. “ ... As grant funding becomes available, hopefully it is something that we can continue to provide. And as these children ... outgrow (these helmets), I sort of hope that they’ll pass the helmets on to someone else in their family that’s going to be riding.”
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